ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Cell phone video obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows the moments after a former police officer shot a suspect in December 2011. Jason Stockley, 35, was charged with the 1st degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, in May 2016.
Attorney Al Watkins is representing Smith’s family. He says the video contradicts statements by Stockley. Watkins says Stockley was interested in retrieving bandages to stop Smith’s bleeding.
“This video coming from a second floor window, overlooking the scene, shows and depicts what officer Stockley did, after the in-dash camera was turned off by his partner. It shows, and it depicts, he did not bring out any anti-clotting gauze bandages. He had nothing when he came out in his hands.” said attorney Al Watkins
The video shows Stockley going inside Smith’s car for a period of time, it’s not clear why. A gun was discovered inside Smith’s car. A lab analysis of that gun only found Stockley’s DNA.
“There is no reconciliation of what he said happened with what the evidence shows. That’s something none of us can allow to happen.” said attorney Al Watkins.
The shooting was in 2011. The current Police Chief Sam Dotson declined to comment on this latest video, citing the fact Stockley’s case is still pending. The Chief did confirm that the weapon you see in Stockley’s hand, was not department issued, it belonged to Stockley. He was later disciplined for not using a department issued weapon.
That video only recently surfaced. But Watkins says there were statements early on indicating the tape was out there. I was unable to reach Stockley’s attorney, but he told our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he could not comment on potential evidence.
Smith was shot and killed on West Florissant and Acme after a mile-long chase through the area. In a probable cause statement, prosecutors allege that Officer Stockley shot into Smith’s car at Riverview and Thekla in St. Louis then he and his partner, who was driving the SUV, chased Smith at speeds over 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, the defendant is heard on an internal police car video saying “Going to kill this m/f, don’t you know it.”
As Smith’s car was slowing to a stop, Stockley is also heard telling the other officer to “Hit him right now,” at which point the driver slams the police SUV into the victim’s car. Stockley then approached Smith’s car on the driver’s side and shot five times into the car, striking Smith with each shot. He died as a result of the gunshot wounds. A gun was recovered from the victim’s car but was later determined by lab analysis to have only Stockley’s DNA on it.
St. Louis Police first requested that the U.S. Attorney’s Office review the case in 2012. Evidence was gathered, but no charges were filed. In March, 2016, SLMPD Internal Affairs investigators contacted the Circuit Attorney’s Office to review the matter with additional evidence developed through both the department and the FBI.
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce believes she now has the evidence to pursue charges. The case will go to the Grand Jury.
The case against Stockley will be prosecuted by the Circuit Attorney’s Office’s Force Investigative Unit.
Jason Stockley stepped out of jail Wednesday, a day after a St. Louis judge set his bail at $1 million, with the requirement that Stockley post at least 10 percent of it. That amount was covered by St. Louis Police Officers’ Association.